To the editor:
Praise to village of Tupper Lake Trustee Tom Snyder for demanding that the village board follow the law.
Towns and villages regularly require that, prior to a government accepting a subdivision road for dedication as a public road, it first be constructed to established standards, at the developer's sole expense. The village and town of Tupper Lake have had such laws since the 1960s.
It's just not right to ignore those laws, especially when past developers have been compelled to "bring up" roads to standard before selling lots ... and certainly before anybody in a new subdivision could get a Certificate of Occupancy from the local code enforcement officer. Even if there have been recent exceptions to this rule, we should not follow the exceptions to the rule when the rule protects everybody, especially the taxpayers' pocketbooks.
Mayor Maroun should know better than to suggest the village board now require all village taxpayers pay for Supervisor Amell's broken promises, and so should Mr. Amell.
I hope the Planning Board properly rejects any referral to it as beyond their authority and that the taxpayers in the village voice their opposition to having their pockets picked by this "compromise" suggested by Messrs. Maroun and Donah. It's not a compromise at all when you don't follow the law.